Cross-stitching/Needlepoint anyone?

Sleeping Beauty - This is one of my favorite cross-stitching projects. Sleeping Beauty. It took me months and months to finish it, but i love it!
@rdrelle1 (449)
United States
December 23, 2006 8:14pm CST
I love cross-stitching, i have a few finished projects, but unfortunately, I havent had the chance to have them framed as it is pretty expensive. Anyone else love cross-stitching?
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@quatelmon (955)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I love needlepoint and cross-stitching! You can frame your beautiful works of art very VERY afforably! I have never paid anyone else to do mine for me. Here is what you do: Select a frame that has a mat that will frame your work of art nicely. Get a piece of cardboard (most frames already have a piece inside the frame)You'll need some painter's tape or masking tape. Center your cross stitch on the cardboard, and flip it over. Stretch your cross stitch and tape it down on the back. Keep flipping it over to check that it is still centered. Then, place it in the frame! It's a little tricky, and may take a few attempts before you get it perfect, but you can do it! It's way more affordable than getting it done professionally. Plus, if you get a coupon for JoAnns or AC Moore or any other craft store, it become even more affordable! Good luck! And please, don't let your beautiful, hard worked on pieces of art sit in hiding much longer!!!!
@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
5 Jan 07
wow! thanks very much for the suggestions. i think i might frame it myself.. i have one framed already but i still have at least five finished projects that needs to be framed. i won't hide it much longer ehehehe.
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@BarBaraPrz (20076)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Mar 07
I used to do that until I came across a commercial product made by Pres-On. It is a "self-stick art needlework mounting board" and so much more easy to use, especially as you don't *have* to fold your work to the back, you can just trim it to fit. (Also a good thing if your work isn't large enough for a frame you really want to use: you just make up the difference with a mat.)
@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
13 Mar 07
thanks for the info barbara, i didn't know that there's such a product like that.. where do you think i can get that from?
@loved1 (5337)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I used to enjoy cross stitching when I was younger but it has become too bothersome for me now. For one thing, my fingers tend to fall asleep when I cross stitch making it hard to complete the project. Secondly, my eyesight is not what it used to be! I think I am also more impatient than I used to be. It takes a long time to complete a crosstitched item.
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@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
5 Jan 07
oh i know how you feel :) that's why i stopped for right now coz my eyes just get so tired pretty quickly.. maybe because lately i'm spending too much time infront of my computer.. but i'd like to do another project.. just dont feel like it at this point.. so i'll wait a bit before i start again.
@BarBaraPrz (20076)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Mar 07
There are various magnifying devices you could try. I use a magnifying glass that hangs around my neck on a string when I'm particularly having trouble seeing clearly. It's really amazing the first time you look at your cross-stitching through a magnifyer.
• United States
1 Jan 07
I love counted cross stitching. I have to admit though I put it away for about 7 years and just pulled it back out when I found a pattern to do for my newest grandson. It is a birth annoucncement. I can't believe how easy it was to just pick it back up. I will never put it away again. I have already pulled out all my threads and found a program online that lets you enter in each number of the threads so you can just look at a glace to find out if you have enough thread for a project. I was suprised to find out I have every color that I will need to do any project I choose. I use to only do cross stitch and I gave all of the projects I have done away but 2. After I finish the one for the baby, I am going back and doing the ones I loved and gave away. I do have half of the Last Supper to finish, but it is so detailed I will wait a little while before bringing it back out. I also love to crochet, and occasionally plastic canvas. I will never stop crocheting it will give my eyes a break from cross stitching. I just joined my lot so I don't know if there is anywhere to post pics of finished projects, but someday I will take some photos and make a link to them. I would love to see other ppl's work. God bless and have a happy new years stitching.
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@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
5 Jan 07
hi thanks for sharing! i love to do the last supper, but when? that i'm not sure eeehehehe i still have my 8 horses in line :) happy new year to you too!
@seewhy (231)
• Australia
28 Jan 07
Cross stitch is my favourite craft! I get most of my patterns from magazines rather than books or kits though. I'd like to buy more in kit form however I hate patterns with fractional stitches and it can be really hard to tell if there are any in the pattern without looking at the grid itself. One day I hope to be over my 'fractional fear' lol
@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
28 Jan 07
oh wow that's cool! i dont know if i can do that myself... i know grid lines can sometimes be a pain in the you know where, but i think i'm better with looking at those :)
@BarBaraPrz (20076)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Mar 07
It's my favorite, too. I've done various other crafts throughout my life, but this is the only one I still do on a regular basis. (When needlepoint was 'big' in the '70s, I actually recovered a chair and footstool with it, made a purse, ornaments, pictures, etc. but haven't touched it in at least 20 years.) I consider cross-stitch to be "finer".
• United States
25 Jan 07
I love cross stitching! I made my first project when I was in college and it took me 3 months to finish the project. It was a big Jesus face.
@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
28 Jan 07
that's wonderful! i'm not sure if we did the same project but i also have a big jesus face. i used a black fabric and a glow in the dark thread. i gave it to my husband as a christmas present a few years back, and up to now he's still amazed by it.. :)
@yarntales (639)
• United States
1 Jan 07
I used to do it about 12 or 13 years ago. I really enjoyed it. The problem is that it got so the fine work strained my eyes. So I went back to crocheting. I don't crochet with thread, just yarn.
@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
5 Jan 07
i love crocheting too but the problem is i dont know how to read a pattern. so when i do something, i try to make a pattern of my own :)
@suscan (1956)
• United States
27 Dec 06
The framing can be pretty expensive. I hahve framed a few pieces myself and they turned out pretty well. I have also made some nice pillows as gifts.
@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
27 Dec 06
it can really be very expensive. my husband framed one of my finished pieces and gave it as a wedding gift. but i havent tried framing one myself. i might try it in a not so distant future :)
@nancygibson (3738)
• France
24 Dec 06
Its not hard to learn to stretch and frame work yourself, maybe you could take a dayschool and learn to do it really professionally, but I taught myself from a book years ago and it works just fine.
@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
24 Dec 06
wow that's an awesome idea! thanks. i would probably look into that :) i'd love to see my works on our walls.
• Singapore
24 Dec 06
i love cross stitching and once i get started, i'm so into it that i cant stop until i finished the whole thing. i've had few of my 'masterpiece' hehe hung on the wall at the living room at home and my grandma's living room. the most recent piece was one of 'how to pray the rosary' that i gave it to my best friend.
@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
24 Dec 06
that's the thing about cross-stitching, it's like pringles, once you pop you can't stop! :) i haven't had a chance to frame my pieces as it will cost me a fortune.. i have at least five. :) the only thing that's hanging on our bedroom wall was my third project which is the abstract face of Jesus Christ. I used a glow in the dark thread. It's nice to look at when its really really dark in the room :)
@samsonskola (3357)
• United States
24 Dec 06
I love cross stitching! I just love the look of it. I must admit I haven't done it in a while, guess I've been too busy with everything else, but I've got it in mind to get started again. I do lots of different crafts like this, and I love them all!
@rdrelle1 (449)
• United States
24 Dec 06
I haven't done it in a while either. after my last project, which is adonis, i stopped and almost forgot that i have one project left which is the 8 horses (i think). it's fun but geez just too much work :) i love the finish products though. my friends even ask me if i want to sell it, i said "heck no!" eheheh although it might be a good idea. :)
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
5 Apr 07
cross stitch afficionado here! and yes i do agree with you that having them framed is costly. i am able to finish a few projects and they're all rolled up because i still cant afford to have them framed. but its wonderful once you have finished a project, i have a few displayed in my room that i just made blanket stitches on the edges so that they dont fray. when i have the extra money i will have these framed!
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I love cross stitching I have so many projects that I am working on. When I finish a project I frame it myself Like the one I am almost finished with has a cross and butterflies and says It wasn't nails that held him on the cross But it was his love for you and me. It is the size of a 5x 7 picture so I will probably buy a 8 x 10 frame and a mat board and then what I do is I iron the back side of the picture and starch it and then I pull it tight around the card board backing and then place it on the glass and make sure it is centered then I place it in place and it is ready to go. I have done several like this and the glass keeps it clean and they have loved them.